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Google's possible purchase of ITA Software Inc. may lead to an antitrust investigation

It's well understood that Google is the world's most popular search engine. The company runs over one million data centers and servers around the world, and is well known by computer users of all levels from beginners to professionals. But as of late, this success is being viewed as internet dominance by both the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department. 

Google is an American multinational public corporation that runs the world's most successful search engine, and also owns the Android operating system. The company is also involved in cloud computing and advertising technologies. It was incorporated as a privately held company in 1998, with its initial public offering in 2004. The company has grown tremendously over the years, and now processes over one billion search requests per day. 

Now, Google is looking to expand its presence even more by purchasing ITA Software Inc., which is an airline ticketing software company. This transaction will cost Google $700 million if it decides to go through with the purchase. 

But this purchase could cost Google more than just the $700 million. According to recent reports, the FTC is looking to launch an antitrust investigation of Google's internet dominance, but the investigation will be pursued only if the Justice Department decides whether it will challenge the ITA Software purchase. 

The FTC and the Justice Department are not the only agencies looking into Google's web dominance. Last November, the European Commission launched a similar investigation, and last week, Microsoft filed a complaint with European antitrust regulators because of Google's growing presence and power over web search competition. 

According to Bloomberg, the Justice Department is expected to announce its decision soon, but there is no set time or date at this point. 

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By kleinma on 4/5/2011 1:58:39 PM , Rating: 2
A lot of people in here are defending google. I use some of their products. Some of their products work well, some of their products are crappy half assed multi year public betas that never seem to go anywhere.

Just remember one thing though, Google makes over 90% of its money from knowing everything there is to know about you, and marketing to you based on the vast information it gathers on you. If the FBI or CIA was in the marketing business, they would be google.

Google is a marketing company dressed up as a tech company.

RE: hmm
By zozzlhandler on 4/5/2011 2:18:16 PM , Rating: 2
I think you have Google and Facebook confused.

RE: hmm
By kleinma on 4/5/2011 3:55:10 PM , Rating: 2
Not really. They just have similar tactics. Both are after knowing as much about you as possible.

RE: hmm
By zozzlhandler on 4/5/2011 9:24:52 PM , Rating: 2
Facebook and Google are at almost opposite poles in their treatment of users and their data. Google believes (and acts like) it belongs to the users. Facebook acts like it belongs to them.

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